The San Francisco Giants, one of MLB’s best teams with a 7-2 record through Monday, are getting some very good news on the injury front.
“LaMonte Wade Jr. expected to start a rehab assignment this week — a step in the right direction. Evan Longoria throwing is also a major progression; he’s said gripping and throwing a ball is the biggest issue with his right index finger injury,” Danny Emerman, the Giants’ beat writer for KNBR, tweeted.
LaMonte Wade Jr. expected to start a rehab assignment this week — a step in the right direction.
Evan Longoria throwing is also a major progression; he’s said gripping and throwing a ball is the biggest issue with his right index finger injury. pic.twitter.com/TK57v19qXq
— Danny Emerman (@DannyEmerman) April 18, 2022
Wade, who was suffering some left knee issues, will play in live, minor league games this weekend.
He is already running the bases, so that’s a really positive development with a quick return in mind.
If he has no issues over the weekend, he could return to the Giants’ active roster at some point next week.
Longoria Is Also Getting Closer
Meanwhile, third baseman Longoria (right finger) is in Arizona and will being his hitting and throwing progression mid-week, which theoretically means Wednesday or Thursday.
Longoria, who had some ligament damage in his right index finger, says his main problem is not swinging a bat, but instead, gripping and throwing a baseball.
The Giants need both men to be healthy as soon as they can, for depth purposes.
Longoria had a revival last season, in which he hit 13 homers and finished with a solid .833 OPS.
On the other hand, Wade was an integral part of the outfield rotation last year, and his power is currently missed in the lineup.
He slugged 18 round-trippers with a solid .808 OPS last year; unexpected, but welcomed production.
It looks like San Francisco will get back two key pieces at some point next week, making them even more dangerous.